News from Central and East England

Find out how we are finding homes for children in Central and East England

Almost three years since we were last able to gather in-person for the Home for Good Summit, on 7 May 2022, we were finally able to come together - some online via livestream, some in-person in Milton Keynes. Our day was fuelled by and focused on the words of 1 Corinthians 12 as we reflected together on God’s heart and how we each have a part to play to care for children and young people, knowing that together we can find a home for every child who needs one.

Regional Lead Alisia shares,

“I loved being able to attend my first Summit gathering and getting to meet some of the Champions from my area, as well as couples and families who are involved in or considering fostering, adoption and supported lodgings. I am looking forward to developing and deepening these relationships over the coming months and hope that I can support and encourage people as they partner with Home for Good in different ways.

I met a lovely couple who shared that they had previously attended a Summit, and as a result started a journey towards fostering. Having been approved, they initially began fostering a sibling group of four. When they learnt that the group might be separated because there were no families who were able to adopt them together, this couple decided to adopt them, keeping the siblings together. It was amazing, and I was so encouraged to hear such an incredible example of the impact our gatherings like the Summit can have!”

You can read more about the Summit here.

We were delighted to host the first week of the Riding Lights Tour of My Place in this region. The play depicts the stories of young people in care in a poignant and powerful way, and offered us at Home for Good a special and unique opportunity to speak about the local and national need and share our vision with the audience. We’ve been so encouraged by the stories we’ve heard from audience members and the feedback we’ve received. Please pray that this opportunity will lead to more individuals, couples and families becoming foster carers, adoptive parents and supported lodgings hosts, and that children and young people will be welcomed into safe and loving homes.

Regional Lead Alisia is building connections with new churches and church networks across the region, including in Bedfordshire, Leicestershire and the West Midlands. She is also working with our Home for Good Ambassador Seth Pinnock to explore the opportunities we have to connect with some of the local Black majority churches, so that we can work together to address some of the racial disparity in the care system and find homes for Black and ethnic minority children who wait the longest in care.

Alisia was excited to be involved in a series of interviews by Cross Rhythms Radio in Stoke-on-Trent, where there are currently over 1,000 children waiting in care. Cross Rhythms broadcasted a number of interviews with foster carers and others engaged with the care system, with the hope of informing and inspiring others in the region to consider fostering.

We’re looking forward to being at New Wine at the end of July and beginning of August. If you’re planning to attend, get in touch – we would love to connect with you!

What can I be praying for?

We would love you to stand with us in prayer as we continue to work to find a home for every child who needs one in Central and East of England.

  • Give thanks for the venues who hosted and audiences who watched My Place. Pray that as a result, many new potential adopters, foster carers and supported lodgings hosts will step forward in the coming months.
  • Please pray for new connections, and for Alisia and Seth as they grow their relationships with the Black majority church. Pray that we will build positive relationships that will lead to lasting change.
  • Give thanks for the faithful Champions across the region. Pray that our network will grow, maximising the cover and impact of the work of Home for Good in Central and East of England
  • Pray that New Wine and other key events will attract new supporters who will partner with Home for Good so that we can find home a for every child who needs one.
    Are there any events happening soon that I can attend?

    Head over to our Central and East England page to find out what is happening in the area and find all the local support groups.

    How do I get in touch with a member of the Home for Good team in Central and East England?

    Alisia O'Sullivan heads up Home for Good's work in Central and East England and she would love to hear from you! You can contact her through the button below.

    Email Alisia

    Date published:
    June 2022


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